Audi Dealership

The future site of the Gallatin Import Group is under construction Thursday on Frontage Road in Bozeman.

Construction is underway on a new building for a Bozeman Audi and Volkswagen dealership on Frontage Road east of town.

The dealership, Gallatin Import Group, has outgrown its location at the intersection of West Main Street and 19th Avenue, according to Jeff Kayser, executive general manager. He said the business needs more space to expand its services.

“The main reason that we’re doing this is so we can serve our customers better. We’ll be able to take care of our customers and employees in a way that we’re used to,” Kayser said.

Kayser said the new property should be move-in ready by June or July, and that the expansion will lead to more jobs.

The 30,000-square-foot building is going up on a four-acre lot next to Gallatin Motor Company, a Subaru dealership, on Frontage Road, according to planning documents filed with the city of Bozeman. The project was approved last spring.

The two dealerships operate under the same ownership, along with Ressler Motor Company. Kayser, a part owner, said once Gallatin Import Group moves out of the West Main location, Gallatin Motor Company will move in temporarily. He said the plan is to tear down the old Subaru dealership and build a new one on the same lot. Plans for that project have not yet been filed with city planners.

The Gallatin Import Group leases the West Main building, Kayser said.

Kayser said when both construction projects are finished, the adjacent properties will resemble and operate like the Ressler Motor Company campus on Huffine Lane, which includes Chevrolet, Cadillac and Toyota dealerships.

Ressler Motor Company also owns Ressler of Belgrade and Danhof Motors in Amsterdam.

Shaylee Ragar can be reached at sragar@dailychronicle.com or at 582-2607.

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